70ers get GSIS Pension: GWAPS

GWAPS kiosk.

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is requiring all of the 8,492 pensioners from Negros Oriental and Siquijor to personally appear at the GSIS office or at any GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk for reactivation of their status to make sure they are still alive with the use of their Unified Multipurpose IDs (UMID).

GSIS branch manager Atty. Mercedes Enriquez disclosed during a Kapihan forum today that under the Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation (APIR), all pensioners aged 79 years old and below are required to personally appear starting March 23, 2018 up to June 30, 2018 or a period of three months during their birthdate or birth month. Pensioners whose birthday or birth month will not fall within the three month period have to come back on their respective birthdate or birth month from July 1, 2018 up to December 31, 2018 for the reactivation. The reactivation is required under the law so as not to affect the actuarial fund for incoming pensioners, Enriquez pointed out.

For pensioners 80 years old and above, GSIS personnel will visit them in their respective residences but it will take time before they can be reached due to lack of personnel so Enriquez enjoins old age pensioners who can still walk or ride vehicles to visit the GWAPS kiosk nearest them and swipe their UMID ecards.

For pensioners who are bedridden and cannot come due to illness or other health-related reasons, he or she may communicate with the GSIS office through a letter that is supported with a barangay or medical certification. Only then will a GSIS personnel schedule a visit for reactivation.